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Dr Disrespect slams game developers over “racist” livestream chats

Published: 4/Jun/2020 19:34

by Michael Gwilliam

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Legendary Twitch streamer Dr Disrespect used his platform to call out video game publishers and developers for not moderating their chats during large events and allowing racist comments to go unfiltered.

During a June 4 broadcast, the Two-Time took a moment to talk about racial injustices and pivoted to the topic of large companies such as Sony and Microsoft not doing enough to combat racism on YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter.

Doc explained that while he did want to talk about certain communities and toxic behavior, it ultimately came down to the decisions of certain streamers, but when it came to larger companies, actions needed to be taken.

“I’m speaking specifically to huge video gaming launches or reveals or press conferences or conventions,” he noted, specifically naming Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation reveals. “Their chats are not moderated. I go there as a spectator, it’s f**king a distraction to see the amount of racism that happens within a chat that is unmoderated.”

The Twitch star didn’t hold back, demanding that publishers and developers “step up” and deal with the racism in their chats.

“If you’re going to go live on YouTube or Twitch or whatever it is, get a f**king hold of your chat. Cause it’s out of control!” he exclaimed. “First off, it’s just bad. It’s just like ‘why’. We know it’s hard to regulate that sh*t. I get it, but we have to come up with some different solutions.”

He then added some advice to companies if they weren’t going to take measures to control their chats during broadcasts.

“At this point don’t do a live event if you’re not going to moderate,” he urged. “Come out with this pre-produced video, put it on your YouTube channel, turn off comments, and there you go. Tweet it out, turn off replies on your Twitter.”

According to Doc, until these companies can create a community that doesn’t put up with racism, such as his Champions Club, disabling comments is the best option.

“I thought about that over the weekend and I had to say that. I had to get that off my mind,” he explained. “I, as a fan, want to see what the hell Sony is going to talk about. What the hell we’re going to see at the E3 event… I’m there to watch video games. Get a grip of it. That’s all I ask.”

While he is outspoken against racism, Dr Disrespect is also putting his money where his mouth is. He announced that all of his June donations will be going towards charities, a monumental effort from one of the biggest streamers in the world.

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TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

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Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.